9-27-12 NYA Times Letters to the Editor

Thanks to all who contributed to bloodmobile

To the editor:

I would like to thank all the donors that came on Tuesday, especially those that came with out being personally contacted. This type “O”  bloodmobile was scheduled because type “O” is always in demand. Type O negative is the so-called “universal blood type.”

Type O negative blood can be safely transfused into patients with Type A, B, or AB blood. Similarly, Type O positive can be given to patients with Type A positive, B positive or AB positive.

The goal was  83, we had 54 units of whole blood and 19 units of Double Red Cells for a grand total of 73 units.

Thanks to those who made the day possible, Mary Lou Teubert for scheduling all the appointments.

Thank you also to all who assisted in any way the day of the draw: Rich Kroells for helping to unload the truck at 11:30, Martha Loesch, Shirley Feltmann, and Mary Lou Teubert, who worked the canteen and greeter position, Doug Kayser and his Troop of Boy Scouts who helped load the truck at the end of the day.

We had three first time donors. They were Karen Hallquist, Chad Klaustemeier and Caroline Davis. I hope that it was a good experience and we’ll see you back often.
Milestone gallon pins were awarded to: Orville Dietel, 13 gal., Janice Mackenthun, 10 gal., Sandy Jones, 2 gal.

Thanks you to Bongards Creamery for the cheese donation, McDonalds for donation of orange drink. The donors always look forward to your products!

Thank you all for giving the precious gift of life!

The next bloodmobile in the area will be at Emanuel Lutheran School in Hamburg, on Monday, Nov. 19.

LaVonne Kroells
Carver County Blood Chair

Ische is accessible to District 5 constituents

To the editor:

I have been watching with great interest the coming election for Carver County Commissioner, District 5. I have made my decision on who I’m voting for based on the latest information about candidates unwillingness to appear at forums sponsored by the League of Women Voters.

Not only do candidates have to practice good government, they also need to be accessible to their constituents. Jim Ische practices both of these necessary measures of a great County Commissioner. Mr. Ische and his wife Pam attend many public functions in their district and are easily accessible to his constituents in the district he serves.

I have never met his challenger, his decision not to seek my vote through a public forum leads me to predict he will not seek input from from the general public if elected.
Please join me in voting for Jim Ische to continue great service to Carver County residents.

Yours truly,

Roger Storms

Decision to skip forum reflects poorly on candidates

To the editor:

Recently,  four Republican candidates for Carver County Commissioner published an open letter to indicate their intention not to appear at the League of Women Voters (LWV) candidate forum on October 2.

In their letter, the candidates indicated their decision was the result of their determination that the League was a “leftist” organization and that questions asked in previous candidate forums presumed “an agreement with your world view.” They also state that they “have no faith that the League of Women Voters of Carver County are going to accept that point of view or ask questions that will allow us to talk about those values.”

The good news is we don’t have to take their assertions as fact. We can go to the tape. The 2010 LWV candidate forum is available on-line for viewing at the Chaska Community Television website (www.vimeo.com/chaskatv). Here are the six questions posed of Carver County Commissioner candidates in 2010:

1) Considering the decrease in aid from the State, what are your priorities for Carver County?

2) Carver has been a rural county. How do we maintain the rural/urban balance?

3) The Carver County Community Development Agency (CDA) is responsible for community and economic development in the County. Please assess the CDA’s record and suggest ways that it could change its operations.

4) Do you feel that the decision to underwrite $10.8 million in bonds for the Oak Grove City Center project in Norwood Young America was the correct one given the current economic conditions and the significant opposition of residents?

5) Are you in favor of keeping the Public Health, Land, and Water Services Department in Chaska or moving them outside of Chaska and why?

6) The 2011 County budget includes a 1.5 percent pay raise for county employees. How do you justify this given the current economic environment?

There’s nothing “leftist” about these questions. In fact, two of these questions directly challenge spending decisions made by the County Board, and all of them allow candidates to expound generally of their philosophy of government.

Tom Workman, Frank Long, Vince Beaudette, and Jim Walter don’t have a leg to stand on here. Their short-sighted decision may very well rob Carver County voters of their only opportunity to see their Commissioner candidates side-by-side answering the same questions. That decision speaks poorly of their readiness for the office they seek.

Public officials need to demonstrate that they can effectively communicate with everyone in the community. When you’re a County Commissioner, you can’t pick up the ball and go home when faced with someone you disagree with. You have to work with them and try to find the best solution. I hope the four candidates will reconsider their decision and allow voters the chance to see them in a fair and open-to-the-public forum before Election Day.

Sean Olsen